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Kick the Habit: Reduce Breast Cancer Risk: February 26, 2011

While it may be hard at first, it’s no secret that kicking that tobacco habit can be good for your heart, your lungs, and even your skin. And that’s not all. “The studies are definitely showing that there’s a strong suggestion or linkage between those people smoke cigarettes and the development of breast cancer,” says Dr. Eric Goldsmith, a surgeon with Lee Memorial Health System.

“People say, ‘well gosh, I’ve smoked for 10 years. I’ve smoked for 20 years. The damage is done.’ Maybe not necessarily.”

Recent studies have discovered that those who kick the smoking habit can radically change their health. “If you’ve quit smoking for a period of about 10 years, it seems like there’s no longer any ill effect.”

In fact, new research also finds that breast cancer survivors who continue to smoke can increase their risk of developing a second cancer. Dr. Goldsmith says this kind of news can be just the encouragement some need to put the cigarettes, cigars, and pipes for good. “Today’s the best day. You know, just say, ‘I’m not going to do it.’ It’s easier said than done obviously, but think of your health, especially younger people. I mean, my goodness, you get off those cigarettes, you get some years behind you. When you’re off of them, those affects very much diminish.”

For those who do struggle with kicking the habit, try and reduce your tobacco intake everyday and focus on trying to maintain a healthy diet. This has also been known to help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.